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The Contexts of Preaching  
The Pastoral Context: The Life of the Pastor- Lecture 3 June 2013

Wynona Judd has had quite a ride in her forty-one years of life, and in her recent memoir – Coming Home to Myself – she reveals both the agonies and ecstasies of the journey. In a sense, Wynona has spent most of her life trying to find herself. It came together in her 2004 tour titled “Herstory: Scenes from a Lifetime.” Her record label decided to film a DVD of the two hour show and release it. She expressed the purpose of the night like this: “I’m going to celebrate what I am instead of being consumed with what I’m not. I’m going to show up and wait for God to walk through the room.” (read more)
The Congregational Context: The Shadow of a Listening People - Lecture 2 May 2013

The Cultural Context: Doing Kingdom Work in a Time of Change - Lecture 1 April 2013

Preaching Corner

Bloom Where You Are Planted - February 2013
Several years ago I read an autobiography/biography of Lloyd C. Douglas, started by him and completed by his daughters. Douglas served as a minister of several Lutheran churches and then several Congregational churches during the first half of the 20th century. His fame came from his books, particularly Magnificent Obsession, his first novel that became an immediate sensation, and then The Robe, that sold more than two million copies. In the autobiography/biography titled The Shape of Sunday, Douglas confessed that as a minister he always had an “Elsewhere Complex.” In every church where he served as pastor, he always longed to be somewhere else. He always wanted to be somewhere else than where he was. (read more)

Pastoral Care from the Pulpit - February 2012
How To Grow As A Preacher - March 2011
To Manuscript or Not to Manuscript- September 2010
When We're Not as Great as We Think We Are - July 2010
Eight Characteristics of Great Preaching - June 2010
Speaking with Credibility - March 2010
Hitting the Target - January 2010
Inductive/Deductive Preaching - October 2009
Communicating Effectively in our Sermons - September 2009
Preaching to Unbelievers - April 2009
Planning Your Preaching - March 2009
Verbal Keys for Effective Preaching - January 2009
The Awe of Preaching - September 2008
To Joke or Not To Joke - August 2008
Keeping the Mind Refreshed - July2008

To Power Point or Not to Power Point: That is the Question - June 2008

Recovering The Passion - November 2007

Becoming Fit Instruments for God’s Service - October 2007


Leadership Center  

Mentors - January 2013
Leadership guru Ted Engstrom wrote in one of his books, “Most of what we learn happens at an informal, unconscious level. It follows that the way we ‘teach’ people is by letting them observe what needs to be done and how to do it as we go about our basic, everyday business of doing our job. A requirement of leadership is to train [educate] and a basic method of training is modeling.” He is talking about the process of mentoring. (read more)

How Do We Energize Our People? - October 2012
Casting a Vision - August 2012
The Southwest Airlines Model- July 2012
We Can Do Together What We Cannot Do Alone- June 2012
How to Get Organized - January 2012
Serving as the Staff Leader - October 2011
The Importance of Encouragement - September 2011
What People Don't Know Will Hurt Them- August 2011
Where There is Only a Vision the People Have a Nervous Breakdown - July 2011
Where There is No Vision the People Perish - June 2011
There is no short-cut to anything worthwhile - May 2011
No Failure Need Be Final - April 2011
Benchmarks - February 2011
A Leader is One Who Thinks - January 2011
Martha or Mary? - October 2010
Collaboration - August 2010
Finding Your Leadership Style - February 2010
Motivation - November 2009
Solving Problems or Developing Strengths - July 2009
Leaders vs. Teachers - June 2009
The Church's Greatest Crime - May 2009
Building Teamwork- February 2009
Floaters, Fighters, and Navigators - October 2008
Managing Change Part 3- August 2008

Managing Change Part 2- July 2008

Managing Change Part 1 - June 2008
The Seven Dumbest Mistakes Smart Churches Make - January 2008
... And How to Avoid Them - February 2008
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ___________? - November 2007